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Black Flames


Issues & Index Sources:  Jan-1946 – ?
Publishers:   Los Angeles
Editors:   Jim Daugherty
Pagecounts:   22pp

Black Gate

Total Issues: 15

"Black Gate is a quarterly magazine of epic fantasy fiction. It publishes news, reviews, interviews, and original short stories from the best names in adventure fantasy. Black Gate covers virtually every aspect of modern fantasy -- books, movies, comics, adventure gaming, role playing games, and much more."

Went online after #15.

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 2001 – Spring 2011: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   New Epoch Press, 815 Oak Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
Editors:   John O'Neill
Email Address:
Prices:   $7.99
Pagecounts:   240pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Black Girl Magic Lit Mag

Total Issues: 5 (as at Apr-2017)

"Black Girl Magic Lit Mag is a literary magazine created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women's voices."

Issues & Index Sources:  #1, Jan-2016 – present: Science Fiction Index (Missing: any after #5, Jan-2017)
Publishers:   Black Girl Magic Mag, PO Box 3322, Winchester, VA 22604
Editors:   Kenesha Williams
Formats:   ebook
Frequency:   quarterly
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Black Highwayman Novels

Total Issues: 26

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1870s: Dime Novel Bibliography
Publishers:   N. Munro
Formats:   small booklet
Prices:   10c
Pagecounts:   100
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Black Hole

University fanzine that published some fiction by Brian Stableford.

Issues & Index Sources:  1974? – 1993?
Publishers:   Leeds University

Black Hood Detective

see under Crack Detective (and Mystery) (Stories)

Black Ink Horror

Total Issues: 10

Digest-sized, black and white magazine of horror fiction and art with a classical aesthetic.

Issues & Index Sources:  #0, 2006 – #7, 2011: Science Fiction Index
Publishers:   Sideshow Press
Formats:   digest
Prices:   $7.50
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Black Lace

Issues & Index Sources:  1961 – 1962?
Publishers:   Rilgac Publishing Co., 1350 North Highland, Room 3, Hollywood 28, CA.
Editors:   Charles S. Fritch; Bert Theel
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The Black Lily

Total Issues: 10?

Side stapled fanzine featuring stories and poems on medieval fantasy.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1990s: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Southern Goblin Productions, Sarasota, Florida
Editors:   Vincent Kuklewski

Black Lite

Total Issues: 4


Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1976 – Jan-1978: Science Fiction Index
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Black Lotus

Total Issues: 5

Small press horror magazine containing at least 1 story by D.F. Lewis.

Issues & Index Sources:  1992 – 1996: Science Fiction Index (Missing: #1, #3)
Publishers:   Pentagram Publications, 11410 NE 124 Street, PMB 270, Kirkland, WA 98034
Editors:   John M. Navroth
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Black Magic

Pictorial girlie magazine.

Issues & Index Sources

  1964 – 1971?


  in 1965 – 1968: American Art Agency, Inc., 7311 Fulton Avenue, North Hollywood, CA.
  in 1969: Jaybird Enterprises, Inc., 7311 Fulton Avenue, North Hollywood, CA.
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Black Mask [1920]

Total Issues: 100+232+7+1+1=341 (as at Apr-2017)

Black Mask started life fairly innocuously as a general pulp running all types of fiction from adventure to romance to westerns. However, it was the advent of Joseph T. Shaw as editor in November 1926 that saw Black Mask transformed into what is generally regarded as the finest detective pulp magazine ever published. Even though Shaw was fired in 1936, the magazine continued with a consistently high standard into the early 1950s, reaching a total of 340 issues.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1920 – Apr-1927, as The Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index
  May-1927 – Mar-1950, as Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index
  May-1950 – May-1951, as Black Mask Detective: Crime Fiction Index
  Jul-1951, as Black Mask Detective Magazine: Crime Fiction Index

#merges with Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

  Fall 2016 – present, as Black Mask: Crime Fiction Index (Missing: any after Fall 2016)


  Apr-1920 – Apr-1940: Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, NY
  Jun-1940 – Jul-1951: Popular Publications, Inc., 2256 Grove Street, Chicago, IL
  Fall 2016 – present: Altus Press



  Apr-1920 – Sep-1922: F.M. Osborne
  Oct-1922 – 15-Mar-1924: George W. Sutton, Jr.
  Apr-1924 – Oct-1926: Philip C. Cody
  Nov-1926 – Nov-1936: Joseph T. Shaw
  Dec-1936 – Apr-1940: Fanny Ellsworth
  Jun-1940 – Nov-1948: Ken White
  Dec-1948 – Jul-1951: none listed
  Fall 2016 – present: Matthew Moring


  standard pulp




  Apr-1920 – Jan-1923: monthly
  Feb-1923 – 15-Apr-1924: twice monthly
  May-1924 – Mar-1943: monthly
  May-1943 – Jul-1951: bimonthly
  Fall 2016 – present: semiannually

Related Sites

  The Pulp Magazines Project


  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Black Mask (Canada)

Initially a Canadian reprint edition of Black Mask; later reprinted stories from other US detective pulps.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s – in 1940s: Crime Fiction Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   Popular Publications Canada
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Black Mask (Detective) (UK)

Total Issues: 206+120=326

British reprint edition of Black Mask. There were two distinct series. The first series ran for 206 issues from Jun-1923 to Oct-1939. This series was printed in the US for UK distribution; had the same covers as the US editions apart for UK price (sometimes); and reprinted the entire contents of the US edition, plus frequently an additional story or two. Initially the additional stories were reprinted from US issues that had not appeared in the UK but in later issues no prior appearance can be traced (in Black Mask or anywhere else) so they might be original stories that ONLY appeared in the UK issues. The numbering system on these issues was specific to the UK issues and ran from v1 #1 to v17 #12.

The second series ran for 120 issues from Nov-1939 to Nov-1953 (at least). This series was printed in the UK; had different covers to the US issues; typically was a partial reprint of assorted US issues, initially of Black Mask but in later years of other magazines such as Dime Detective. Atlas used a strange numbering system on these (consistent with all the other US pulps they distributed during this period) - initially they used the volume/issue number of the corresponding US issue, then they had no volume/issue numbers at all, and then they settled into a UK-specific numbering that was implicitly backdated to the first Atlas issue.

Issues & Index Sources

  15-Jun-1923? – Apr-1927, as The Black Mask (UK): Crime Fiction Index (incomplete)
  May-1927 – Oct-1939, as Black Mask (UK): Crime Fiction Index (incomplete)
  Nov-1939 – Oct-1950, as Black Mask (UK): Crime Fiction Index (incomplete)
  Nov-1950 – Nov-1953, as Black Mask Detective (UK): Crime Fiction Index


  Atlas Publishing and Distributing Ltd.


  standard pulp


  The Age of the Storytellers
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Black Mask [1974]

Total Issues: 1

Reprint issue; see also New Black Mask. Note that Keith Alan Deutsch negotiated the purchase of the "Title" Black Mask Magazine from Fred Dannay, while Adrian Lopez "bankrolled" the enterprise. A second issue was finished, but never went to press because Lopez bought TRUE magazine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Aug-1974: Crime Fiction Index
Publishers:   Lopez Publications, 21 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
Editors:   Keith Alan Deutsch
Formats:   pulp
Prices:   $1.00
Pagecounts:   96pp
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Black Moon

A professional looking local news stand magazine featuring horror fiction, articles, reviews etc.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1990s
Publishers:   Black Moon Publishing, Freehold, New Jersey
Editors:   Louis Sorrentino
Pagecounts:   98pp

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